White Knob a tough ride for mountain
Aug. 2-3 racing at Mackay
A couple of Wood River Valley mountain
bikers came away with general category victories during the 19th annual White
Knob Challenge in Mackay Aug. 2-3.
The White Knob Challenge sponsored by Lost
River Cycling and Intermountain Orthopaedics featured a cross-country race Aug.
2 on double track and single track, head-to-head dirt sprints and short track
Georgia Gould of Ketchum won the general
category in the Expert Women’s class while Troy Quesnel and Bill Olson went 1-2
in Expert Men. Corey Bellinger was second in the Beginner Men general category.
There were 168 registered riders including
26 from the Sun Valley and Ketchum area. Among business supporters of the event
were Sun Summit and Sun Summit South, Smith Sport Optics, Durance Cycleworks,
Sturtos and Smokey Mountain Pizza.
Highlight as always was the nine-mile
cross-country ascent with 2,300 feet of elevation gain.
In the cross-country race, Gould (1.30:28)
won the Expert Women’s 19-29 class while Quesnel (1.17:41) topped Expert Men
Sun Valley’s Michael McClure (1.15:16)
clocked the second-fastest time of the day with a second-place overall finish
behind White Knob winner Eric Jones (1.14:08) in the Pro/Semi Pro Men category.
And Junior Men’s 17-18 winner Jason Eder
of Hailey (1.17:16) had the sixth-fastest time of the race.
Other Wood River Valley class winners in
the White Knob cross-country race included Carl Praeger, Hans Muehlegger,
Gabriele Andersen and Dusty LaBarr.
Coming up for mountain bikers: The 2003
Wild Rockies Series resumes Aug. 23-24 with the Brundage Mountain Bike Festival
near McCall; and the Idaho State NORBA cross-country championship finals Aug. 30
at Soldier Mountain near Fairfield.
Here are Wood River placings and times by
class from the White Knob Challenge Aug. 2 near Mackay:
Pro/Semi Pro Men: 1—Eric Jones
1.14:08. 2—Michael McClure 1.15:16.
Expert Men 19-29: 1—Troy Quesnel
1.17:41. 3—Sam Young 1.26:13. 6—Jedd Young 1.32:36.
Expert Men 30-39: 2—Lars-Erik
Johnson 1.19:11. 3—Bill Olson 1.21:17. 13—Chad Howard 1.43:57.
Expert Men 40-49: 1—Carl Praeger
1.28:16. 3—Dave Bell 1.33:08.
Expert Men 50-plus: 1—Hans
Expert Women 19-29: 1—Georgia Gould
Sport Men 40-49: 3—Kyle Kunz
Sport Men 50-plus: 3—Brian McGinnis
1.48:15. 4—Tom Praggastis 1.48:53.
Sport Women 50-plus: 1—Gabriele
Singlespeed: 1—Dusty LaBarr
Junior Men 15-16: 1—Andrew Juliano
1.27:43. 3—Corey Bellinger 1.30:17.
Junior Men 17-18: 1—Jason Eder